Canada slams Iranian leader's comments on Israel

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister condemned Wednesday the comments made by the president of Iran calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

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October 27, 2005 01:17
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Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister condemned Wednesday the comments made by the president of Iran calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map." "I want to vigorously condemn the remarks made by Iran's president. We are in the 21st century. Canada will never accept such hatred, intolerance and anti-Semitism. Never." Pierre Pettigrew said in a statement. In a swipe at some Arab states, Ahmadinejad also denounced attempts to recognize Israel or normalize relations with it. "There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world," Ahmadinejad told students during a Tehran conference called "The World without Zionism." "The comments are all the more troubling given Iran's nuclear ambitions and its refusal to cooperate fully with International Atomic Energy inspectors," Pettigrew said. "This refusal underlines the need for all countries to stand together to ensure that Iran is prevented from developing nuclear weaponry."

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